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The Best Champagne For Your Holiday Celebrations

All the bubbly you should pop before (and after) the ball drops.
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There's no bad time of the year to sip champagne, just like there's no bad time of the year to celebrate, but with prime champagne drinking season upon us, some tipplers can feel overwhelmed at the plethora of options. Whether you're looking for the ideal bottle to pair with a holiday dinner, the right cuvée for gifting, or a perfect sip to ring in the New Year, we've taken the guess work out of choosing. Below, find a few of our very favorite bottles that are sure to please every palate.

Pol Roger Brut Champagne

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Celebrate like a royal with this champagne, which was the official bubbly of Harry and Meghan's wedding as well as William and Kate's (it's also said to have been the top pick of Winston Churchill.) This fruit-forward champagne boasts notes of berries and citrus, with just enough minerality to keep it crisp. 

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut

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Blended primarily from pinot noir grapes, with a smaller proportion of chardonnay and pinot meunier, this cuvée carries toasty notes of freshly-baked brioche and rich stone fruit, pear, and apple. The fine mousse contributes to a juicy quality that makes it a good pairing for party noshing. 

Taittinger Brut La Francaise Champagne

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With a higher proportion of chardonnay than your typical non-vintage champagne, this bottle provides a fresh, crisp palate of citrus and mineral notes that would be the perfect compliment to fresh seafood—because nothing says "party" like champagne and oysters. 

Dom Perignon with Gift Box 2009

If you're going to go for vintage (the only type of wines that renowned champagne house Dom Perignon produces) don't skimp. This bottling, named for the Benedictine monk who (according to legend) was the father of the champagne style, has a decadent, creamy flavor with notes of white flowers, berries, and toasted pastry.

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Bollinger Special Cuvee

Agent 007 may be British, but his go-to bubbly is decidedly French. In addition to being the official champagne brand of James Bond, this bottle's notes of red currant, creme brûlée, and subtle baking spice make it an ideal partner for seafood courses, cheese plates—even festive turkey dinner.

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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

Named for the Grande Dame of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot ("veuve" in French means widow, a nod to Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot who took over the family's champagne house after her husband's death in the early 19th century and transformed the brand into an international powerhouse) justifies its iconic status with a well-balanced, pinot noir-forward wine that suits as well with a first course as it does on its own. 

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Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs

This 100% chardonnay bottle offers a beautiful expression of blanc de blancs for fans of the style (and for those who just don't know they're fans yet.) Its full-bodied mousse and toasty profile gives way to notes of honey, almond, and fragrant fruits like peach and green apple.

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Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

As the delicate blooms on its label suggest, this bottle strikes a delicate nose of white florals that give way to a more vivacious palate marked by lemon, apricot, honey, and butter. If that sounds like a decadent dessert, then take that as a cue and serve it alongside one—you won't miss the coffee service at all.

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Moet & Chandon Imperial

The bright acidity and red fruit zip of this bottle is offset by flavors of toasted nuts and baked bread thanks to the brand's mix of pinot noir and pinot meunier varietals in nearly equal portions. Pair it with a classic roast chicken to take your dinner party to a whole new level, or serve with dollops of fresh whipped cream and sliced stone fruit for an effortlessly decadent final course. 

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Krug Grande Cuvee Edition 164 with Gift Box

For those who prefer a champagne with a rounder flavor profile, this cuvée, made with wines from 11 different years, going as far back as 1990. Rich with dried fruit, toasted sugar, and hazelnut, with just an edge of spice, this is a bottle that deserves to be appreciated entirely on its own. 

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

This bright, zesty champagne with notes of apricot, baked bread, and red fruit really wakes up the palate, making it a perfect sip to start a meal or to refresh the palate between the main course and dessert. After all, what says "celebration" more than a champagne course? 

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Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008

Treat yourself like a king with a bottle of this champagne which was originally designed in 1876 specifically to suit the tastes of  Tsar Alexander II. The 2008—the most recent vintage of Cristal from the Louis Roederer estate—in particular has earned rave reviews for its balanced intensity and crispness with notes of red berries, lemon, fresh bread, and subtle spices.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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